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date: 09 December 2019

Awang, Khatijah bintilocked

  • Ghulam-Sarwar Yousof

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(b Pasir Mas Kelantan, Malaysia, Aug 13, 1941). ma'yong Malaysian (dance theatre) performer. From an early age she developed an interest in singing, dancing and acting, later participating as a singer and dancer in activities organized by both the regional radio and television stations in Kota Baharu and the Kelantan state cultural troupe, as well as in several performances marking national events in Kuala Lumpur. In the mid-1960s she joined the National Cultural Complex under the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism as a dancer.

Although there have been notable performers of ma'yong, main puteri (shamanic dance) and silat (Malay martial art form) on both sides of her family, Awang's involvement in ma'yong developed mainly as a response to the Traditional Drama and Music of Southeast Asia conference, held in Kuala Lumpur in August 1969, during which the plight of the genre (then on the verge of extinction) was highlighted. The goal of the ...

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